While it's true that smartphones tend to double as portable music players, for the audio aficionado a dedicated device still holds plenty of appeal...

And if you want to get serious, the top high-end players can deliver audio quality good enough to be the main music source in your home. Our round-up features the best players on the market and includes models from Apple, Astell & Kern and Sony.

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